ANTHONY JOSHUA has confirmed plans to fight Deontay Wilder on the same night that Tyson Fury takes on Oleksandr Usyk.
The former British Heavyweight Champion has had his eyes set on a fight with Wilder since he defeated Robert Helenius at the 02 Arena earlier this month.
Joshua, 33, has ruled out facing anyone else ahead of Wilder but is targeting a return before the end of the year.
chat with Sky Sports About the possibility of another duel, he said: “The time frame does not offer a real opportunity for that.”
“Actually, we’re trying to plan a fight for December, so unfortunately no. That’s the schedule we’re really looking forward to. In reality, I will focus on the Wilder fight for now.”
On the blockbuster event itself, AJ added: “Fury has to come over.” [Francis] Ngannou. Usyk has to come by [Daniel] Dubois.
“Good luck to both of you. Good luck to everyone involved and we can sit down and then straighten things out.”
“The goal is for Usyk and Fury to fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship. Me and Deontay Wilder, two big punchers, great fighters, were on the top of the mountain, made it, and may the best man win.”
“It might be a great event. Wait and see what happens and then close the devil in the details.”
While Joshua is targeting a December return, Wilder is believed to be pushing for a January date.
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The Bronze Bomber last saw action in October 2022 when he too defeated Helenius.
On a possible exchange of blows with Wilder, Joshua continued: “Ultimately it’s a fight and if it’s going in that direction, if someone’s good enough to get that out of you, you have to know that you’ve got to be manly enough to get up and.” fight for your territory.
“I say I’m better than that and I should be able to beat any opponent with just one hand – that’s how good I am. That’s my attitude.”
“Whoever is good enough to get that side out of me and take me to the trenches, let’s go. That’s what I’m looking for. I’m looking for an opponent good enough to take me to the trenches.”
The fight is expected to take place in Saudi Arabia, with promoter Eddie Hearn having already traveled to the Middle East for negotiations.
Joshua is currently at Zandvoort ahead of this weekend’s Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix.
He is expected to cheer for his pal Lewis Hamilton but he put their friendship aside yesterday as he was given a VIP tour by Red Bull.
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